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India is the fourth most dangerous place in the world for females, after only Afghanistan, Congo and Pakistan

India celebrates colourful beginning of spring

The tradition of Holi, also called the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated by Hindus all over India.

Monks pledge lush new life for 'the Paris Hilton of cows'

RSPCA donates animal to Hindu temple as apology for 'mercy' killing

Sorry we killed your cow, RSPCA tells Hindus – have another one

Archbishop of Canterbury helps to heal bitter rift after temple animal is put down

Terror attacks mark new chapter in India's increasingly violent history

India is no stranger to deadly terrorist attacks but the deliberate targeting of foreigners in Mumbai this week and the prolonged hostage sieges in luxury hotels frequented by Westerners makes this particular attack markedly different from previous outbursts of violence.

Muslim clerics issue fatwa against yoga

Malaysia's top Islamic body fresh from banning tomboys has issued an edict that prohibits Muslims from practicing yoga, saying that elements of Hinduism in the ancient Indian exercise could corrupt them.

India shocked by discovery of first Hindu terror cell

At least 10 people, including monk and army officer, held over bombings initially blamed on Islamists

Nun tells of rape by Hindu attackers

New Delhi A Catholic nun raped in the Indian state of Orissa, allegedly during a riot by Hindus in August, denounced local police yesterday. At a televised news conference in the capital, Sister Meena, 29, again called for federal police to take over the investigation. More than 30 people have been killed in anti-Christian violence in Orissa's Kandhamal district. The nun said up to 50 men tore off her clothes before she was raped by one of them, then paraded down the road and beaten with sticks. She said that when she asked for protection from the Orissa police, they were unwilling to help, adding: "They were friendly with the attackers."

Solidiers killed in Cambodia/Thailand clash

The long-simmering tension along the Cambodian and Thailand border today erupted in a gun-battle in which at least two soldiers were killed as both sides opened fire with rockets and small arms.

The burning issue of Hindu funeral pyres

Open-air funeral pyres have been at the heart of Hinduism for 4,000 years. Now a spiritual healer from Newcastle is battling at the High Court to lift the ban on outdoor cremations in Britain. Jerome Taylor reports

Indian rioters burn family of six to death

Rioters in southern India killed six members of a Muslim family by setting fire to their home after earlier clashes between Hindus and Muslims left four others dead and 15 injured in the same village, officials said today.

Holy war strikes India

35 Christians killed and 50,000 forced from their homes by Hindu mobs enraged at Swami's murder

Leading Article: The first Hindu school is just another faith school

The opening of the country's first ever state-aided Hindu school has inevitably led to claims that the growth in the number of religious schools will lead to greater segregation of children from different communities. However, while it is true that the Hindu children who go to the Krishna-Avanti Primary School in Edgware, north London, would be taught alongside youngsters from other ethnic communities if the school did not exist, it raises the question: why should parents of the Hindu faith not be able to send their children to a school practising their religion when members of so many other faith groups already can?

Pupils start classes at first Hindu school

The UK's first state-funded Hindu school has opened to pupils, it was announced today.

Sex doctor: Seduction - the easy way to do it

How do you get someone into your bed? There is no universal answer, but you could do a lot worse than follow these basic steps.

Cyber Sutra: India's online eroticism

Now known for strict conservatism, India was the birthplace of erotica, famed for its sensual literature and carvings. Andrew Buncombe looks at a modern expression of an ancient urge.
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